Russia – A museum keeper draws eyes on a canvas estimated at 1 million

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PostedFebruary 10, 2022, 7:33 PM

A security guard is accused of having vandalized at Bic a painting by Russian artist Anna Leporskaïa, dating from the 1930s and representing three faceless characters.

The incident happened at the Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where the painting was on display.

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A Russian museum has revealed that one of its security guards vandalized an early 20th-century avant-garde painting by drawing eyes on the work of a student of Suprematist master Kasimir Malevich. The incident took place in December 2021 and concerns a work by Anna Leporskaïa, painter and decorator of the last century, exhibited at the Yeltsin center in Yekaterinburg, a large city in the Urals.

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Entitled “The Three Figures”, this work from the 1930s, insured up to 75 million rubles (approx. 930,000 francs), represents faceless characters. On two of them, the keeper drew eyes with a ballpoint pen.

The painting has been restored

The Yeltsin Center’s acting director, Alexander Drozdov, told a meeting on Monday that the addition was made by an “employee of a private security company” with which the museum had a contract. He added that the insurance company and the director of the prestigious Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, who lent the painting, were “immediately” informed. The painting was dismantled and returned to Moscow, where it was completely restored.

According to the local press, it was the first day of the security guard in question and his motives are not known. He faces a fine or up to three months in prison. The police have opened an investigation for “vandalism”.

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